Alicia Zuckerman

Editorial Director

Alicia began making radio as a 7-year-old in rural upstate New York using two cassette recorders and appropriated material from Casey Kasem’s American Top 40. Twenty years later, she began her real-world radio career as a reporter and producer for NPR’s On the Media. Her reporting has aired on NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, including The World, Studio 360 and This American Life. Alicia is the founding producer of WLRN’s award-winning weekly public affairs program, The Florida Roundup, as well as the co-creator of Under the Sun on WLRN, the award-winning series of feature stories, interviews, audio postcards, and original fiction. Among the artists she has interviewed for WLRN are Michael Tilson Thomas, Dawn UpshawMark Morris, Tom Wolfe and They Might Be Giants. Before coming to Miami, she covered arts, culture, and breaking news for WNYC in New York City, where she reported on Carnegie Hall, puppet opera, arts education, Hungarian strudel, strong cheese, two presidential elections, and nuclear power. She was also the lead classical music and dance reporter at New York magazine. She has also written for the Miami Herald, Details magazine, Dance magazine, Symphony magazine, Jazziz magazine, and others. Her online reporting has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Tablet and Electronic Music Foundation, which she helped launch. Alicia holds a B.A. from the University at Albany (New York) where she studied English and music, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was a 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty arts journalism fellow. In 2013, she won the Edward R. Murrow award for large market feature reporting for Her Own Little Paris. She co-hosted and co-produced the WLRN radio documentary, Remembering Andrewwhich won bronze at the 2013 Third Coast International Audio Festival, often referred to as "the Sundance of radio."

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Food
7:03 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Why A Vegan Food Festival In Miami Needed To Happen

Nope, that's not prosciutto.
Credit Seed Food & Wine Festival

Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber first started thinking about putting together a plant-based food festival a couple years ago. They were at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Burger Bash, and there wasn't anything Alison could eat.

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Books
8:24 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New Children's Book Looks At What It's Like To Be A Transgender Kid

Jazz was born male, but says she always knew she was supposed to be female. She makes mermaid tails from silicone rubber for fun, and to benefit her family's TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation.
Jeanette Jennings

The author of a new children's book about being transgender is speaking Thursday, Oct.9, at 7 p.m. at the Stonewall Gallery in Wilton Manors. Jessica Herthel wrote "I am Jazz" with Jazz Jennings (not her real last name; her family uses the pseudonym to protect her safety). 

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Arts
6:55 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

WLRN Presents Judy Blume's Miami Beach At The Miami Book Fair

A stop on the Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour: Judy Blume and I walked over to the 15th Street entrance to the beach, where Sally J. Freedman and her friends did cartwheels in the sand.
Credit A kind tourist

In Judy Blume's children's novel, "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself," Sally finds herself transplanted from Elizabeth, New Jersey to Miami Beach just after the end of World War II. It was a time when so many Jewish families from the Northeast came to spend the school year in our warmer climate. Sally was 10 years old and discovering bugs and the beach and boys.

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Food
11:07 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nu, You Think You Can Cook?

My attempt at my mom's mandelbrot
Credit Alicia Zuckerman/WLRN

Got a bent for babka? A talent for tzimmes? A gift for gefilte fish? A capacity for kugel? 

With the Jewish New Year starting next week, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in South Beach is collecting original recipes from cooks and bakers throughout South Florida. And not just collecting them -- judging them, in its "From My Family's Kitchen" recipe contest this Sunday, Sept. 21. 

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Health
8:05 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Advice From Dr. Ruth: Seniors Should Have Sex In The Morning

Dr. Ruth, who always seems to be smiling, talks to senior citizens about sex at the Palace in Coral Gables.
Credit Shay Cohen

At 86, Dr. Ruth Westheimer proudly announces that she goes out every night. Maybe that explains why so many people seem to have a story about meeting the gregarious sex therapist. This one met her on a cruise. That one met her dancing the hora in a New York City synagogue. I met her waiting in line at the bathroom of Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. She lives in Manhattan but travels the country and the world (this summer she's headed to Israel and South Africa) having no-nonsense conversations about sex. 

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Books
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

David Kaufelt, Founder Of Key West Literary Seminar, Dies At 74

(Note: Mark Hedden's wife is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar.)

David Kaufelt died Saturday at home in Key West.

He and his wife Lynn arrived from New York four decades ago. David was a writer and wanted to be surrounded by more writers. Several others already made the island their home, but Kaufelt had an idea to make Key West into a true literary destination, not just for people interested in the legacies of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, but for living, breathing writers too. 

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Music
9:17 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lebos Says "Turn It Up," But Plays Us A Rare, Quiet Solo Tune

The new album

Miami native Aaron Lebos says his new album, "Turning Point," is meant to be played loud. 

It's a mix of rock, jazz and influences from around the world, fusing a jam-band sound with some of the sonic complexities of jazz. Lebos is a trained -- very trained -- musician, having attended an alphabet soup of South Florida's academic institutions. 

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News World Symphony
12:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Tech And Classical Collide Harmoniously In Miami Beach

New World Symphony's real-time Wallcast has 167 speakers in the park.
Rui Dias-Aidos

From April 26 to 28, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach is looking hard at the way technology is changing music, and how the group itself is part of that equation. NWS is hosting the annual Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, which connects people from the arts, technology and education. 

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This Is Where
9:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time?

Poet Robert Hass will be in Miami on Saturday, April 5.
Credit Margaretta K. Mitchell

The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building.

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Storytelling
6:37 am
Fri March 14, 2014

This Floridian Life: Ira Glass On Our Weird Stories

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, says Florida is one of the best places there is to tell stories -- and also, very 'F'd up'.
Credit Stuart Mullenberg

There's been an ongoing debate among the staff in our newsroom about whether Florida really is weirder than the other states.  In December, we set out to produce a feature -- one segment -- about the weirdest stories of the year. Those stories spilled into three separate segments, and we could have easily kept going. But still, maybe it  just seems like we're weirder because this is where we are, this is what we know. Isn't New Orleans weird? Isn't Chicago?

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Love, Art, Hurricanes
7:28 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Woman Hates Songwriter's Big Hit, Marries Him Anyway

Jodi & Zach Ziskin today: she loves the man but hates his song
Courtesy of Jodi and Zach Ziskin

This is a story about a song. So you really kind of have to hear it. Check it out: 

Just before Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc in Miami-Dade County in 1992, Zach Ziskin had left South Florida for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His cousin, Bruce Berman, rode out the storm in a closet in Country Walk, while the house he was in blew apart all around him. 

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Music
2:07 am
Thu February 6, 2014

When Metheny Met Jaco And The Old Miami Days

If Pat Metheny hadn't been such a bad student, he might not have gotten a full ride to college at the University of Miami.
Credit Jimmy Katz / Nonesuch

Fifty years ago Sunday the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan show. That means it's been 50 years since kids all over the country put down their band instruments and picked up the electric guitar. Pat Metheny was one of them, and because of that, in a way, the Beatles are responsible for an important chapter of jazz history. So is Metheny's older brother, who introduced him to Miles Davis, which led him down the road of his own continually evolving brand of improvisation. 

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Music & Culture
6:46 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sailing The Sloop With Seeger: A Local Remembers

Pete Seeger and Allen Aunapu in 1969.
Credit Christina Leps

Allan Aunapu was 26 in 1967, when he went north from Miami to work on the Sloop Clearwater, which would be bound for the Hudson River. The sloop came from the imagination of legendary folk singer and anti-war activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday, Jan. 27, at 94 years old.

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Miami Beach Arts
6:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Van Dyke, Lincoln Road's Legendary Jazz Venue, Plays Last Tune

The band Oriente at the Van Dyke Sunday night
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

After almost two decades a famed South Florida live music venue is no more.

Located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, in the historic Van Dyke building built in 1924, Van Dyke Cafe had its last call on Sunday, Jan. 26. Patrons were invited for a special celebration and toast at 5 p.m. to commemorate the closing. The venue was well known for hosting live jazz and became a staple of the beach's people-watching haven, Lincoln Road Mall.

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Books
6:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers

Dylan's story, Alaska, in the book published by the Miami-Dade Public Library. Listen to him read from his story, above.
Richard Etienne

Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.

The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the Miami-Dade Public Library's young adult writers-in-residence program. 

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